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  • Christine Edmond 3:31 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: human interest, human rights, Metro Connection, Toms, ,   

    Creating a better (tom)orrow 

    Working at WAMU and producing material in my Broadcast Journalism class is allowing me to experiment with different sub-cultures of broadcast media. There is the entertainment industry, news, podcasts (an audience for all), sports, and many other things.

    Before I got into Broadcast Journalism, I knew that I did not want to do news. It’s interesting that I’m now interning for the metro’s number one public radio station, bringing you news and stories from the District. (More …)

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    • miranda78 7:16 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really liked your mini-documentary. Thanks for providing it so we could all listen to it! Great work.

  • Sian McGee 1:08 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , human rights, ,   

    Getting out from behind the desk! 

    Last week at Human Rights First I was fortunate to experience two more important dimensions to intern life here in Washington DC : networking and education. One of the main attractions of HRF as an organization from an intern perspective, was the promise of tasks that were in line with my own academic and potential career interests. This week I was fortunate enough to be offered the tasks of attending a conference on Emerging Challenges in International Humanitarian Law organized by the Washington College of Law, and another on Non-Violent Resistance in Iran, facilitated by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace – two topics of direct relevance to my studies and interests.  (More …)

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    • Sian McGee 1:11 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Apologies for the self-indulgent length of this post, I understand if (and encourage) you to skip to the bottom!

    • miranda78 1:33 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great that your internship really values your time and input. I think other students should definitely look into Human Rights First!

    • Sian McGee 6:42 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Might I add, interns should become highly trained soldiers for peacekeeping missions only!

  • Sian McGee 6:56 am on March 6, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , human rights, , lobbyists, ,   

    Witnessing Secretary Clinton in action at close range 

    Spring break marks eight weeks spent interning at Human Rights First, the half way point of my classroom and practical experience experiment here in D.C. Ever conscious of the time passing too quickly, I’m especially eager to make the most of the weeks that I have left to maximise learning, observations and experience in the field of human rights advocacy. One task in particular this week was definitely a highlight in intern life thus far – I attended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of the State Department and USAID’s 2012 budget! (More …)

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  • Sian McGee 12:21 am on February 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: human rights, , NGOs, recruitment, , ,   

    NGO recruitment tips from the inside 

    Intern recruitment in DC is a booming market – demand is high and supply probably slightly higher, which makes for great competition! From my own observations and what locals tell me, there are plenty of jobs to go around and the diversity of job types is limitless, though getting your dream internship may take a couple of attempts. This week during my internship at Human Rights First I assisted HR in the assessment of intern applications for our numerous programs (which are still open – you can read more and apply here!)  and as the application deadline for many DC summer internships draws near I thought I’d share a few insider tips on how to get ahead in the market. (More …)

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  • Sian McGee 1:31 am on February 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: human rights, idealism, , ,   

    An idealist learning to be a realist 

    The warmth and nurturing of the classroom make it easy to think that great ideas and good intentions will ultimately triumph against any challenge the real world might mount against your cause. Unfortunately we’ve been had – real progress in fact requires a lot more than just thought and intent. Perseverance,  a thick skin and rejoice in small successes are essentials for anyone hoping to work in an NGO and have some kind of tangible impact on the world, as I have been learning the past few weeks at Human Rights First . (More …)

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    • Francine Blume 7:14 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is so important! You really have to balance idealism with pragmatics if you want to make any kind of change. You have to take care of yourself, too, so you don’t burn out!

    • miranda78 8:03 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! I agree with it. I think your internship and working on refugee issues is very interesting; I am taking an SIS class on refugee and immigrant groups in the U.S. and the barriers to health access, so I know where you are coming from.

    • Sian McGee 4:06 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s quite sad to realize that hardships faced by refugees don’t disappear upon acceptance into US territory. While I understand access to health care is of concern to the US population more widely, I think refugees and immigrants are a more marginalized, at risk group – the class sounds very interesting!

  • Emily Fleitz 3:32 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: acronyms, Asia, human rights, ,   

    New Internship at Solidarity Center! 

    My journey to the Solidarity Center began last semester when I sat down with David Fletcher, a career adviser for SIS students, to discuss internship options.  I had an internship last summer while at home, but I also wanted to get some experience working in DC.  With his help, I began applying to positions over winter break.

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  • Sian McGee 4:11 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: human rights, international law, , law reform, NGO,   

    Spring semester at Human Rights First 

    While sitting in my university’s Study Abroad office in Brisbane, Australia, looking at a map of the world considering my study abroad options, I didn’t know what to expect from a semester somewhere in the United States but I’d heard some nice things about Americans so wasn’t too worried! DC wasn’t my original choice but it’s a choice I’m very happy with now for many reasons, one being that I was fortunate enough to land an internship with a great NGO dedicated to human rights education and reform both internationally and in the U.S., Human Rights First.   (More …)

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    • Carl Huang 1:42 am on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Senate Cafeteria sounds really awesome, good for you! Maybe posting some photos next time? 😛

    • Sian McGee 8:17 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is a great perk, and it’s open to the public! Here’s a photo, the view from our intern ‘suite’ window: http://twitpic.com/3vjsd1

    • miranda78 2:57 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is awesome you are internship while studying abroad. Next semester I am studying in Chile and hope to intern during that time, too! Human Rights First seems like a great fit for you, and it doesn’t hurt that the view from your intern suite great.

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